Preschool Theme: Farm Animals

We started with a large number of books on farm animals.  See the complete list here.  We read Stuck in The Mud by .  It is a really fun book for this age.  It features different animals that live on a farm.  It has repetition and animals sounds.  The kids really seemed to love it!  I highly recommend it for a farm unit with preschoolers or just for a fun read.

We started with a large number of books on farm animals. I’ll post the complete list soon. We read Stuck in the Mud by Jane Clarke. It is a really fun book for this age. It features different animals that live on a farm. It has repetition and animals sounds. The kids really seemed to love it! I highly recommend it for a farm unit with preschoolers or just for a fun read.

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Preschool Theme: Community Helpers

This past week, our family went “screen-free!”  We didn’t use the internet, watch tv, or use our tablets.  It was so nice and easier than I thought that it was going to be!  We decided that we are going to do more set “screen-free” times.  With that said, I am a week behind in my blog posts and have a lot of work to do this week!  If you would like to find more information and/or take a pledge to go “screen-free” for a week, here is some more information.

Two classes ago, we learned all about community helpers.  We learned about the services they provide, the tools they need to use, and their special modes of transportation.  Here is what we did….

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Preschool Theme: Under the Sea

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Ok, I went WAY overboard with the amount of books that I had on hand for the kids and parents to read!  You can find my list here.  There are so many children’s books available on the topic “Under the Sea.”  We started out by reading The Pout-Pout Fish by Deborah Diesen.  I recently bought the hard-cover of this book for $5 (yeah!!) at Kohl’s.  They also have $5 stuffed animals that correspond with the books.  Unfortunately, our store was out of the stuffed pout-pout fish (boo!!).  After our story and song, we had our centers….

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Preschool Theme: Favorite Children’s Books

I was so excited to start my summer session of class!! It is an abbreviated six-week series that started this week.  I loved meeting all of the kids and parents!  Since I absolutely love children’s books, I thought that having some of my favorites, as our first theme, was a great place to start!  Here is what we did…

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Book Review: “Pinkalicious and the Pink Drink” by Victoria Kann

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A couple of weeks ago we visited another independent book store.  I have said that I always purchase something every time I go to one and this time was no different.  I let my three-year-old pick out something and she chose “Pinkalicious and the Pink Drink.”  Now, I am unfamiliar with the Pinkalicious book series.  I know that there are several because I have seen them around, but I always thought they were a bit gimmicky for a book (I tend to be a bit judgmental about books).  However, it was what my daughter wanted and the price was right, so there you go.  I have to say that I was pleasantly surprised.  Here is my review…

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Preschool Author Study: Anna Dewdney

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We had a ton of fun learning about the books written by Anna Dewdney!  We primarily focused on the Llama, Llama series, however, I had a couple of other books available for the kids to read if they wanted to.  This was the final class of my “Awesome Authors” series which was really a shame, because it was such a fun class!  I am thinking that I may offer it again in the fall. Here is what we did…

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Preschool Theme: Art

I am always trying to introduce new ways of thinking to my class.  This week, we focused on art.  We read several books on art (see post here) and had several more for parents to look through and read to their children.  We also created some fine art, if I do say so myself.  Here is what we did….

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Preschool Author Study: Eric Carle

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I knew that somewhere along with way, I wanted to plant seeds with my preschoolers.  I also knew that I wanted to read The Tiny Seed by Eric Carle before we planted.  Since Carle has so many beloved children’s book, I decided to do a Eric Carle author study.  We didn’t get to everything that I had planned, but I guess it is better to have too much, than not enough!  Here is what we did get to….

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